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Jeffrey Lea Zickler


Jeffrey Lea Zickler finished his earthly tasks on Tuesday, July 9. He was born on June 27, 1949, in Monterrey, Nueva Leon, Mexico.

His family moved to Bandera in 1950, where Jeff grew up, and quickly became a leader in whatever he did.

After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Jeff helped keep Troop 146 together after his father's death until a new Scout Master was elected.

A member of Bandera United Methodist Church, he was an active member of the Wesleyan Choir and the Methodist Youth Fellowship. He held several offices in MYF locally and at the sub-district and district levels.

Jeff graduated from Bandera High School as valedictorian of the class of 1967. He went to the University of Texas in Austin where he was active in the Arnold Air Society, graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering. Jeff then served in the United States Air Force and earned an MBA with magna cum laude honors from the University of Montana.

Jeff married Janice Hottel Forsythe on Sept. 11, 1983, in Corona del Mar, California.

Professionally, Jeff rapidly became a business technology executive, designing a wide range of business applications. He wrote a textbook about business programming and was asked to teach graduate level courses at the University of California, Irvine. Jeff also served as an independent consultant specializing in advancement of software development technology and the creation of highly effective software development organizations.

Additionally, Jeff cofounded Advanceware, an international company specializing in management and human resources consulting and related software. He served as vice president of information systems for Equity Residential Properties in Chicago, and president of Payplus Software, Inc. of Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Jeff was the beloved son of the late Russell and Helen Zickler of Bandera.

He was the loving and much loved husband of Janice Forsythe of Indianapolis, Indiana, and caring brother to Russell L. Zickler Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Bandera; and to Maryann L. Lohmeyer and her husband, Bill, of Greenleaf, Kansas; Susan L. Zickler and partner Deb Taylor of Kirbyville, Missouri; and Barbara L. Zickler and her husband, TJ Miller, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jeff was a cherished uncle to nieces, Wilynn Zickler-Formeller and her husband, Chris, of Loveland, Colorado; and Shandra Sanders and her husband, Harvey, of Garden City, Kansas; to nephews, Geoff Zickler and his wife, Carla, of San Antonio; and the late Rusty Zickler; and to six great-nephews, Liam, Dylan, Drew, Caleb, Hank and Zac. He will also be missed by numerous cousins.

The late Wallace and Grace Hottel proudly called Jeff their son-in-law.

He was a dear friend and brother-in-law to JW and Marlene Hottel, Wilbur and Linda Hottel, Dan and JoAnn Hottel and Bill and Lana Hottel, and a kind uncle to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made in Jeff's name to the University of Chicago Medical School or to a charity of choice.

A memorial service to celebrate Jeff's life will be held at Bandera United Methodist Church at 10:30 am, Saturday, August 24.